"Magnolia" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Jason Savage

Draghead formed in the spring of 2001 in the cloudy, rain-drenched innards of Seattle. Their music reflects a painful picture as it drones along with its dark trance inducing vibe. I'm hard pressed to classify this CD, which I guess is a good thing. "Magnolia" combines stoner fuzz with Goth ambience for a dreary ride into the abyss.

Jonathan Bare's deep voice croons with painful heartfelt agony. I was especially moved by "Augustus" which encompasses the above elements with tribal drumming and guitars that are just plain creepy. Rain's bass passages are Rush-inspired and complement this track beautifully.

"Dead in You" is another standout track with its memorable hooks that are sure to carry over nicely to radio. Overall, Draghead's brand of melodic metal grew on me in a hurry and will definitely get repeated spins in my CD player!

Draghead: Jonathan Bare - guitars/vocals; Kevin Pownall - drums; Kurt Keating - guitars; Rain De Leon - bass.

For more information, check out http://www.draghead.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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